Why have you stopped playing and enjoying life?

Why have you stopped playing and enjoying life?
FEB 07

Humans by nature are playful. Play encourages one to relax, be creative, friendly, engaging, happy, and resilient, discover, laugh at oneself, imagine, develop problem solving skills and so much more.

Look at kids, they can make up games, the rules of the games, argue, fall and scrape their knees, get up and try again, find a new friend, communicate better, be more sociable and so much more.

Adults tend to lose their wonder of life, creativity, social skills and joy when they lose their ability to play. Play is so important to our mental and physical health. Play relieves stress and can make our jobs and businesses so much more interesting, productive and pleasurable.  By allowing ourselves to keep the playful attitude and wonder of a child in our leisure time, life can be more enjoyable.

In technology and many other aspects discoveries are made by playing as the mind is challenged this can also bring about a competitive spirit. The components of play – curiosity, discovery, novelty, risk-taking, trial and error, pretense, games, social etiquette and other increasingly complex adaptive activities – are the same as the components of learning.

Play is one of the most effective tools for keeping relationships fresh and exciting. Playing together for the fun of it brings joy, vitality, and resilience to relationships. Play can also heal resentments, disagreements, and hurts. Social skills are learned in the give and take of play. Verbal communication and body language, safety and danger, freedom and boundaries, cooperation and teamwork: all are discovered and practiced repeatedly during infant and childhood play.

When adults play together, they are engaging in exactly the same patterns of behavior that positively shape the brain in children. Most adults need to rediscover play and learn how much it will benefit their job and business performance especially with friendship, networking and stress relief.

Creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives; don't lose this edge, Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they're also often quiet and at rest. They work long hours, with great concentration, while projecting an aura of freshness and enthusiasm- Psychology Today. This brings us to all of our technology people, the startups and more of Silicon Valley, the actors and actresses in Hollywood and business leaders and the wealthy.

Why not join this group of people who love to play by owning your own business, making your own hours and writing your own paycheck?